On Sunday, May 22, 2022, Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Norsk BreMuseum (Norwegian Glacier Museum) at the foot of the Jostedalsbreen glacier in Fjærland.
Per the Norwegian royal court:
“The Norwegian Glacier Museum spreads knowledge about glaciers and climate – and it is beautifully located in the heart of the Fjærlandsfjord, with the Jostedalsbreen glacier in the background. The Jostedalsbreen glacier is 474 square kilometers in size, and thus the largest glacier on the European mainland.
There was a poetry reading on the museum lawn, greetings to the jubilee, and beautiful singing by the children and youth choir in Fjærland and Fjærland chamber choir.
Originally, the anniversary celebrations should have been marked last year, but due to the pandemic, the festivities had to be postponed until this year.
The Polar Institute’s former director, geologist and glaciologist (ice researcher) Olav Orheim, held a chat about the history of the glacier museum – from the idea of a glacier museum was conceived until today.
Orheim was – like the Queen – present at the opening 31 years ago. Olav Orheim grew up in Fjærland and already went on his first trip on the Jostedalsbreen glacier when he was ten years old. As an 18-year-old, he became a patent holder on the glacier – a mountain guide with a focus on mountain sports and safety – for the Norwegian Tourist Association. Olav Orheim has researched ice and climate, and he has led a number of scientific expeditions to polar regions.
The anniversary celebration ended with a gala dinner at Fjærland Fjordstove hotel.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the Norsk BreMuseum please visit their official website by clicking the link: https://www.bre.museum.no/
Photos courtesy of the Norwegian royal court